Ellen Schwaller is a graduate student in Urban and Environmental Planning at Arizona State University. Spending most of her life in the sprawling sunbelt, it was a recognized desire for human-centered rather than auto-centered places that drew her to the planning field. With a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science, she looks for ways to integrate the natural and built environments to create spaces and neighborhoods that matter. A large part of her research has been in the realm of residential perception and attitudes; and how this might inform city and neighborhood planning and design. While she completes the final semester of her degree in the Netherlands this fall, she looks forward to sharing her explorations of walkable and bikeable environments.
Ellen joins the June 2012 Environmental Design Internship program.